By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger says Cesc Fabregas’ hamstring injury is being assessed on a daily basis and he is hopeful that the Arsenal captain will play against Barcelona.

Fabregas faces a race to be fit in time for Tuesday’s trip to the Nou Camp after limping out of last Wednesday’s win over Stoke and subsequently missing Sunday’s Carling Cup Final.

Wenger will give the 23-year-old every chance of making the vital Champions League game but concedes it’s too early to know for sure whether he will recover in time.

One thing is certain though, he will not be risked for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Sunderland.

“We go from day to day,” said Wenger. “For example, two or three days ago we were thinking to play him [on Saturday] if all goes well but it looks like that could be a bit risky.

“He will not be tested before Monday. I, personally, hope [he will play] next Tuesday. He has a chance to play in Barcelona.

“I don’t think he will be involved on Saturday, he has no chance, but we will try with him on Sunday and Monday and he will have a final test on Monday morning.”

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3 Mar 2011